In the sunken city of Temperance your slot hopes sink or swim!
I do like it when a company puts a great deal of thought into providing a back story to a slot, and then produces something that not only is visually stunning, but which offers excellent game play too.
Microgaming, in conjunction with Old Skool Studios, have produced a game that delivers precisely that. Welcome to the sunken city of Temperance!
To explain, Temperance is an underwater city that was created at some point in the future to protect society from temptation. However, things in Temperance didn't go so well and that ushered in an era which is worryingly called the 'Great Downfall'. Now you will visit the city and explore what temptations it has to offer in this beautifully realised, steam-punk styled slot.
Ever since Microgaming starting teaming up with smaller development companies to produce a range of slots, the quality of the production on these games has improved drastically and Temperance is a fine example of that, with a stunning backdrop for the reels, fabulous steam-punk styled graphics and a haunting musical accompaniment to the game which gives it an ethereal and unsettling feel.
But how does Temperance look when viewed as a slot game alongside these powerful visuals? Let's take a closer look and find out.
- Game: Temperance
- Developer: Microgaming
- Reels: 5
- Pay Lines: 20 (non selectable)
- Minimum Bet: 0.20
- Maximum Bet: 20.00
- Jackpot: 100
- Free Spins Bonus: Yes
- Other Bonuses: Yes
- Progressive: No
- Volatility: Medium to High
The presentation on the Temperance slot is simply sublime. The backdrop to the slot is the city of Temperance itself sunk deep below the dark blue waves, with Blade Runner type spotlights scanning through the deep above the city. In the centre of the screen are the five reels, and unlike most slots, when you view the screen in full, they are actually just a small proportion of the screen.
The Steam-punk styling is clearly evidence here, especially on the controls for the reels which are a series of connected cogs, with the cogs being the buttons for the slot. With neon signs across the city blaring in the backdrop behind the reels, not to mention the occasional bubble rising to the surface, the effect is superb and with a haunting and entirely appropriate soundtrack to accompany it, this slot has stacks of atmosphere and drags you into this underwater domain superbly.
Incidentally, players of the computer/console game Bioshock will find the look and styling of the Temperance slot entirely familiar and indeed, the two could almost be viewed as siblings such is the similarity.
What is on the reels?
There are not actually too many symbols on the reels in the Temperance slot. The lower value symbols are rather snazzily designed versions of the playing card suits, the black suits clubs and spades are the lower value symbols and they pay between 10x and 40x your line bet for a win. The heart and diamond offer slightly higher wins of between 10x and 50x your line bet depending on whether you land 3, 4 or 5 across the reels.
Alongside these four symbols there are four higher value symbols on the reels and these are the wireless radio and what looks like a group of bottles. These offer wins from 10x up to 100x your line bet.
Two higher value symbols are the diving helmet and the green light and these offer wins from 20x to 500x your line bet for three or more symbols on the reels, however if you land two of these symbols on a line then you win a small amount of 2x your line bet.
Alongside these standard symbols there are three other symbols that are linked to the key bonus features of the slot.. The Wild, Bonus and Scatter symbols and we'll explore more about what each of these does in the sections below.
The Wild symbol is one of the characters in the story and this acts as a substitute for any of the standard symbols listed above to help create winning pay lines, although there is no multiplier attached to the wins which is a bit disappointing. However the Wild symbol is stacked on the reels in the base game which does allow you the chance at some bigger value wins.
The Wild also offers the highest value base game wins if you can land them on a line. You can win from 5x your stake up to 1000x your stake depending on whether you land two, three, four or five Wild symbols on a single line.
Free Spins features
Three or more of the Scatter symbols across the reels will trigger free spins and award you a cash prize of between 2x your stake and 25x your stake, depending on how many scatters you land. Three scatters triggers 8 free spins, four offers you 12 and land all five to get the maximum 20 Free Spins.
During Free Spins, the Wilds are stacked on the reels extra high and this can help you land some better value and more frequent wins during the bonus feature. Additionally, you are awarded a multiplier on your Free Spins, which is decided by spinning a wheel at the start of the bonus, which will be applied to all Free Spin wins including any Free Spins you trigger additionally, through landing three or more scatters during the bonus spins.
There is one other Scatter on the reels and this is the Bonus symbol and when you land this on the first, third and fifth reels on a spin, you trigger the Survival Bonus game. This is a 5-level game which you pick from a series of items to reveal prizes, advances, Win-Alls and Collects as well as a symbol which ends the bonus. Simply select items to reveal the prize or message and continue to pick until you find the end game Collect symbol, or go through all five levels.
The Win All symbol is the one to try and pick as not only will you receive all cash prizes for that level, but you will also move immediately onto the higher level with better value prizes available.
Best feature of the Temperance slot
This is a wonderfully put together slot and there are so many excellent features in the game. The presentation is absolutely perfect and the game itself is fun to play, although it is a medium to higher variance game and needs to be treated with a bit of caution when playing to ensure you don't let your bankroll sink without a trace. However, hit the bonus features, especially Free Spins and those extra Wilds and a multiplier of between 2x and 10x the standard win really can give you a huge cash prize if you get lucky.
Microgaming have produced a really varied output of games in recent times with some games being real hits and other not quite hitting the mark, but I think that they have outdone themselves here with the Temperance slot. The game is stunning, fun to play and offers absolutely first class medium to high variance slot play with a number of excellent features. This is a slot you will keep coming back to play time and time again.
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